The Washington Post Editorial Board called over the weekend to establish term limits for Supreme Court justices, limiting them to 18 years on the bench, in an effort to ensure Republicans and Democrats have “predictable and regular opportunities to appoint judges.”
The Post’s view came on the heels of Joe Biden’s executive order on Friday to form a commission to “study” Supreme Court reform, including an analysis of “the composition and size” and “the seniority and turnover of judges “on the court, according to the White House.
Biden said the justice system was “out of balance” in a “60-minute” interview during his presidential campaign, and vowed to create a commission to investigate the solutions. The 36-member bipartisan commission will hold public meetings and is tasked with completing its report within 180 days.
“Term limits should be high on the agenda of Mr. Biden’s committee,” the editorial board wrote, arguing that the broad scope of the White House committee would allow members to fully explore. ” the replacement of permanence for life … by a mandate of 18 years “.
The Post’s recommendation aligns with past calls from Democrats for term limits on Supreme Court justices, including legislation introduced to Congress last year following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who reportedly limited their time on the bench to 18.
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Other Democrats have proposed increasing the number of Supreme Court justices in response to what The Post called “the recent Republican success in appointing a life majority of six Supreme Court members.”
However, not all Democrats agree with the Post’s opinion. Former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday that it would be “inappropriate” to impose term limits, and that “we had better be very, very careful in saying we need to expand the Supreme Court “.
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Republicans blasted Biden’s commission, saying it was a drastic step towards indictment, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell saying it was “a direct attack on our independent judiciary. nation”.
In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt attempted to add six more judges to the bench. The move saw overwhelmingly bipartisan opposition to what Biden, as a senator, later called a “headless” idea.
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